Health officials; get flu vaccine now, avoid sickness later

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- Flu season is normally the subject of conversation in October, but health leaders say getting your flu vaccines now could prevent the illness later in the season.

The Fayette County Health Department is recommending families get flu shots early. They say children and the elderly need them most because of their heightened risk of developing deadly complications from having the flu.

"It's probably going to protect you for at least a good six months once you're vaccinated. By the time flu season hits, it's in its peak, you will have the immunity to protect yourself against flu," says Nurse Practitioner Sandra Breeding. "It takes about two weeks before you're gonna get full protection. We're in September now, so by the time mid-September gets here you should have full protection."

The Fayette County Health Department is just starting to get their vaccines in stock, while many other local clinics are now carrying vaccines.

Shots will be provided free of charge at Consolidated Baptist Church during their annual flu shot clinic, on October 5th.

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